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The Big Match on BT Sport
at 15:58 29 Mar 2020

Dear all,

Hope you are all doing well and looking after yourselves and your families at this time.

Apologies if there has been a thread on this already, but just watched the Big Match which they are re-showing on BT sport. People of my age and era will remember this well as it used to be on a Sunday afternoon usually. Anyway, just seen Southampton Vs Fulham in the 76/77 season. Best played and Marsh for Fulham the former sent off for colourful language. Listening to the vocal support of "oh when the saints..." and how the Saints seemed more partisan then.

Dare I say, at the risk of sounding like an old nostalgic fuddy duddy, but the football experience seemed much better before the PL came onto the scene. I didn't realise that the 76/77 season was the first season that yellow and red cards were used.

Anyway, take care everyone.
Red Card Djenepo n/t (n/t)
at 15:29 7 Mar 2020

FA Cup replays - Noise
at 17:31 27 Jan 2020

I was wondering where many of you stand regarding FA Cup replays? There has been quite alot of noise about it in the last few days, mostly, it has to be said, from the external managers that manage predominantly PL clubs. As big a Ralph fan as I am, I was disappointed to see him jump on the bandwagon and complain about FA Cup replays -(having heard Guardiola, Klopp, Mourinho all whingeing about it).

I will admit, I am probably stuck in a bygone era of the 70's, 80's and 90's when the FA cup and replays were all part of our season and in some cases, you would have several replays before there was an outcome - I could be wrong, but I am sure there was one season where Arsenal/Sheff Wed had 3 replays to decide an outcome.

I am also not getting this fixture congestion complaint. As long as I can remember, there were mid-week games as well as weekend games. Is the congestion really not about the TV demands which require them to play on any day now which then causes a knock on effect to the next fixture, whereas in the past, you knew a game was a Saturday and then a Tuesday/Wednesday? - you still had the league cup, FA Cup and any European games etc. Pitches were not as good as they are now, in fact, by this time of the year, they were often quagmires.

I am just getting a bit sick and tired of particularly the external managers moaning about our Christmas fixtures, our cup competitions, our mid-week games, our replays etc. If you take a job, you know what you are taking. If you don't like it, don't take the job or leave. It is like me employing a plumber and they say they don't want to unblock toilets! Accept our footballing culture, embrace it and enjoy it or go elsewhere. I appreciate that may seem harsh, but the FA Cup is so diluted now, that if you take away replays, then that is another step towards nullifying the point of the competition - especially for the clubs from the other leagues. At this rate we risk the only competition being for the elite few that can compete for the Premier League trophy and a few European one, leaving the rest through the leagues to chase promotion, avoid relegation or mid-table obscurity. Take away the cup competitions and there is nothing else for them (and a possible good pay day for some - e.g Shrewsbury).
Stephens assist
at 08:37 22 Jan 2020

JWP by all accounts was immense last night and he has been on top of his game since the Arsenal match away really. I did not see the game at all last night, but having seen the goals (both, which were excellently executed - and I will admit, I have been critical of Redmond's finishing and conversion rate) what did strike (unintended pun) was the exquisite pass by Stephens which was both visionary and weighted to perfection for Redmond. Sometimes, you are not sure what you are going to get with Stephens but he is quite deft at placing a forward pass.
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